Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz #1)
A hero with an incredible talent...for breaking things. A life-or-death mission...to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network...the evil Librarians.
Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the wo
A fast-paced, easy-to-read, first person account of Alcatraz Smedry, a foster kid who has a knack for breaking things. But we soon learn that this "knack" is really a Talent - a Smedry Talent - and powerful one at that!
Alcatraz's world is turned upside down (or maybe right-side up) when he learns that the world we live in (the world of the Hushlanders) is actually run by evil librarians from the Free Kingdoms (where they know the truth...). Alcatraz must help...more
1. it's got a great title
2. I've met the author and think he's delightful and a nice guy to boot
3. children's literature is due another winner
4. did I mention I really like the title?
5. the bits I'd read seemed good
6. the concept held promise
7. (I don't really have a seventh reason, but the number 6 seemed icky to end on. Seven has such strength and balance that...more
Alkatraz is a great hero with a wonderful talent for breaking things, but he has been brought up by foster families in Inner Libraria who are unable to appreciate him.
When he receives his inheritance (a bag of sand), his life begins to get more exciting. An evil case worker steals the sand, Grandpa Smedry arrives (late, as usual) and off th...more
This delightful book...more
Sanderson does have some good ideas for fantasy and my kids did somewhat enjoy listening to this book. But they did not like Alcatraz's negative tone at all. I see a lot of potential in...more
Alcatraz suffers from terminal klutziness--little does he know that his clumsiness is really a "talent" characteristic of his family. On his 13th birthday he receives a mysterious package from his parents (he always assumed his parents were dead, since he has spent his life in foster homes--until he breaks something, anyway). The package contains a bag of sand (which gets stole...more
This author was at the conference I attended also - he usually writes epic fantasies (He was chosen to finish Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series), b...more
A young wizard (of sorts...) is raised in foster care, never knowing that he was special, but always feeling like he didn't belong. One day an old, bearded wizard comes to save him from his foster family and take him to a magical world, where it tur...more
I'm not sure who would appreciate the humor of this book the most; any book with the term "librarian thugs" has to be unique! I think a gifted inte...more
It is a preteen adventure book, Harry Potter started out as the same genre. I would also include the Percy Jackson series as well as the Septimus Heap books. They are all about 12 year old boys (who all act older) who find out something amazing about t...more
Deliriously wacky, yet entirely internally consistent (as Sanderson’s magic systems always are), the novel is both entertaining and educational at the same time. Entertaining because of the humour on every page, educational because the book – although targeted at children – is surprisingly self-reflexive about the writing proc...more
The first book is a must read before you venture in to the sequel books, in my opinion.
The series follows through the adventures of Alcatraz, a boy that has this really bad habit of breaking things, or so we Hushlanders think.
The book is written from Alcatraz's point of view, as it is made to be his autobiography. There is a HUGE amount of monologue by Alcatraz, and one sided conve...more
This is basically your typical kid’s adventur...more
Dear Brandon Sanderson, Sir:...more
I am embarking on a new career as a proofreader and was horrified to encounter your rendition of the word pter
Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he...more
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